On your diagram, perhaps switch colors? Whether you're long or short, I would keep profit zones green, and loss zones red. Find another way to differentiate longs from shorts. That way at a glance you can get an idea of how your trade went.
As an aside, can you teach me how your targets work? I see its 50/50/50, but you say once cancels the other. How does that work? I'm an all in all out guy, so I'm a little out of the loop here.
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Yes, colouring is key. I have capture 2 attributes - long vs short and profit/less. Working on it. Thanks
With regards to target - I enter 150 SPY at market and then put 3 limit orders for 50 each. They are approximately 4, 8 and 12 points away from the entry. My stop is 8 points away.
I am doing it manually but Ideally i should create One Cancel Another OCA order in Interactive brokers.
eg. If your 4 point limit order for 50 Point is hit, then the stop loss order for that 50 will be cancelled. You will be left with the 8 & 12 points limit target order for 50 SPY each with a stop order for 100 SPY.
Once your 8 points target is hit for the next 50 SPY, then that stop loss order for those 50 will be cancelled and you will be left with the final 50 contracts until their target or stop is hit.
Hope that makes sense.
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That does make sense, thank you. Are you keeping your stop for the remaining 100 lot at the original stop or were you moving it up? I think you wrote it somewhere, now that I think about it... But anyways, Im curious of your results. I'm tempted to try trading spy's actually. I love the increased resolution of having little "risk" per unit.
If the box is red - I was short and it hit the target
If the box is green - I was long and it hit the target.
On Monday, I was stopped out after hitting my 1st target of 4 points. I hit my all 3 targets on Tueday, Wednesday and Friday. On Thursday, I closed my positions after 4 points gain due to market closing time. NOTE that I was short every day. Did I say I am a PermaBear
The size of my trade box is quite useful to me. It reflects the range of the day. For example, my 12 points hit looks fairly short on wednesday compared to Friday. I instantly know that there was possibly more on the table on Wednesday with wider range and can look for optimizing exit on that day. Compare that to Friday where I was Lucky to get my 12 point target hit because of the narrow range of about 14 points.
I hope it gets less confusing with time. (or until I go back to Tradervue results)
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I was puzzled, and skeptical, at first, but these are starting to look pretty cool. It's a nice way to show what you did and what the market did on a particular day. You instantly get a useful summary.
You could also do it for any time period.... although it could get to be a lot of effort.
This is crying out for automation, since you're displaying data that is readily available in digital form. (Not that I'm offering, mind you -- it probably would be a big job.)
But in its present manual form it's still a good way to get an overview. I'll be watching how it develops. Nice work!
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